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Alien Hand Syndrome

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via NPR

What if you woke up one day and had a brand new second hand that moved on its own?

This is what happened to Karen after she had brain surgery to help cure her epilepsy. After her operation, her left hand immediately took on a life of its own. For starters, it immediately began to unbutton her shirt on the hospital bed while the surgeon pleaded her to stop.

After she went home the hand started to do other things like slapping her, which reminded me of the self-beating Jim Carrey famously gives himself in the movie Liar Liar.

What caused her alien hand syndrome?

Apparently, the surgery had to split her brain and removed her Corpus callosum, which ties the left and right brain hemisphere together. Basically, the operation caused the opposing sides of her brain to switch roles.

Fortunately, Karen has come to appreciate the moral authority her left hand tries to impose on her decision-making. Any time she tries to smoke, for example, her left hand puts the cigarette out and even flicks the ashes around.

Karen’s come to appreciate the magic discipline of her hand. However, she still gets in a smoke or two. “I understand you want me to quit,” she tells her hand, “but cut the crap!”

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Cool Kids Lose, Though It May Take A Few Years

teens should be aware that focusing too heavily on appearance and social hierarchies can be unhealthy

It was written.

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My Best of 2013 is coming soon.  Until then, re-listen to last year’s.   (GIF via NPR)
My Best of 2013 is coming soon.  Until then, re-listen to last year’s.   (GIF via NPR)
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Over-commercialization.  She faked the National Anthem at Obama’s inauguration.  The Super Bowl performance might as well been a Beyonce hologram.  Beyonce uses music as cheap scheme to sell more advertising, completely over-saturating the mainstream.   NPR asks a great question:  ”The Beyonce Experiment: How Far Can She Go?”
Over-commercialization.  She faked the National Anthem at Obama’s inauguration.  The Super Bowl performance might as well been a Beyonce hologram.  Beyonce uses music as cheap scheme to sell more advertising, completely over-saturating the mainstream.   NPR asks a great question:  ”The Beyonce Experiment: How Far Can She Go?”
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You don’t even really need a place. But you feel like you’re doing something. That is what coffee is. And that is one of the geniuses of the new coffee culture.

Jerry Seinfeld talks coffee on NPR

To which he adds: 

“You have coffee and for some reason it makes you talk a lot.”

Coffee creates conversation.  It’s a social object.  

And if you don’t have anyone to talk to but yourself, coffee inspires you to do stuff like write, draw, read, or just think. Or it could be used as a good reason to take a break.

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Agree with NPR:

“His delivery has a drawling, almost shy-seeming lilt that’s way too sharp lyrically to pass off as soft.” 

The Davis.